Posted October 15, 2018 06:27:02 There are more than 10,000 suicide attempts a day at Harvard, according to a new report released Tuesday.
The Harvard Medical School has been conducting surveys of Harvard students since December, looking at how they are coping with stress.
The data has shown students are struggling with depression, anxiety and stress, according a statement from Harvard Medical Schools Department of Public Health.
Suicide rates are highest among the lowest income groups.
The report also found that more than 80 percent of students who died by suicide in 2016 were under the age of 35.
Suicide is a serious health issue, said Dr. Michael J. Karp, president of the Harvard Medical Society.
The most common mental health problems for those students who committed suicide included substance abuse and depression, according the report.
The study also found suicide rates are higher in older people, and those who live in poverty are more likely to commit suicide.
Suicide attempts by students with severe mental illness are highest, the report found.
It also found many of those students had been exposed to trauma in a previous life.
In addition, nearly half of those who attempted suicide in the past year also reported being bullied, said the report, which was released at the Boston-based Center for Suicide Prevention.
It was the first time Harvard had released such data.
More than half of the students who had attempted suicide over the past three years were male and older, said John Kast, director of the Boston University Center for Injury Prevention.
The suicide rate among students who were experiencing mental health issues is higher than the national average, the Harvard study found.
The rate is 13.1 per 100,000 students, and is four times higher than that of students in the general population.
Kast said the data could be used to help educate students about mental health.
“Our hope is that this data will help educate people to have more conversation about mental illness,” he said.
“We are seeing the effects of these issues and how they impact young people.”
The report did not identify specific schools that were involved in the study.
The National Center for Health Statistics and the Harvard School of Public health released a report earlier this year showing that the rate of suicide among people with a mental health problem has doubled since 1999.
The numbers are similar to the national rate of about 10,400 suicides per day.
That report found the suicide rate was more than three times higher in the Northeast and the Midwest.
The Massachusetts State Police said in a statement that it would work with Harvard and other states to develop more accurate suicide risk data, such as the number of suicide attempts per day and how much of those are by students.
The number of suicides by students who lived in the community rose from 7.9 per 100 at the end of 2016 to 11.1 last year, according.
The department of public health said it was also investigating the Harvard report and that the department is looking into other ways to track the suicide risk of students.
More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/health/2018/oct/15/suicide-study-harvard-suicide rate-higher-in-lower-income-groups-study